Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Streaming Media - Extreme Style!

I thought it would be fun to see how many movies I could stream/play on my PC using my Big Red Server as the source. I stopped at 16 or 8 per screen on my dual screen setup.

Even with all 16 movies going though, still plenty of bandwidth/resources left on the server.

It was interesting hearing all 16 movies at once!

I'm sure you can do this in other OSes, but the 'Show Windows Side by Side' option in Windows 7 is nice...

Also, here's an updated picture of EMS as of today:



  1. Web casting, or broadcasting over the internet, is a media file (audio-video mostly) distributed over the internet using streaming media technology. Streaming implies media played as a continuous stream and received real time by the browser (end user). Streaming technology enables a single content source to be distributed to many simultaneous viewers. Streaming video bandwidth is typically calculated in gigabytes of data transferred. It is important to estimate how many viewers you can reach, for example in a live webcast, given your bandwidth constraints or conversely, if you are expecting a certain audience size, what bandwidth resources you need to deploy.

    To estimate how many viewers you can reach during a webcast, consider some parlance:
    One viewer: 1 click of a video player button at one location logged on
    One viewer hour: 1 viewer connected for 1 hour
    100 viewer hours: 100 viewers connected for 1 hour…

    Typically webcasts will be offered at different bit rates or quality levels corresponding to different user’s internet connection speeds. Bit rate implies the rate at which bits (basic data units) are transferred. It denotes how much data is transmitted in a given amount of time. (bps / Kbps / Mbps…). Quality improves as more bits are used for each second of the playback. Video of 3000 Kbps will look better than one of say 1000Kbps. This is just like quality of a image is represented in resolution, for video (or audio) it is measured by the bit rate.

  2. Nice showing off!

    But an even better show would be playing a couple of videos from *every* single drive! :)

    *That* would be putting the system to the test! :)
    (What would more likely "fail" first? CPU, network bandwidth, etc?)